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Who Hath Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear

“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear,”  –  Gospel of St. Mark Ch. 4: V. 9.

One afternoon an Irish politician was riding along in his chauffeur driven Ford Excursion, 14 Seater Stretched Limo, when he spotted two homeless men sitting on the roadside apparently eating grass.  Having ordered his driver to stop, he got out of his vehicle to further investigate.

He addressed both men, “Why are you eating grass?”

“We don’t have any money for food”, the homeless men both replied in unison “We have to eat grass”.

“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you”, the TD said. “But sir, we both have wives and a total of 12 children with us”, stated the homeless men, “You can see them over there, starving under those trees”.

“Bring them along also” the TD replied.

Having crammed 4 children into the vehicles trunk / boot, the other 12 homeless individuals climbed aboard the interior of the plush 14 seater.

Once under-way, one of the homeless men turned to the TD sitting up front with the driver and in expressing his gratitude stated, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you”.

The TD replied “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place – I didn’t get a chance to cut the one acre of lawn to the rear of my home so far this year, and the unspoilt grass there is almost one foot high!”


Planning Granted For Redevelopment of Cashel Palace Hotel

Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

It has been confirmed by Deputy Mr Michael Lowry TD, that planning for the redevelopment of the Cashel Palace Hotel, Cashel, Co. Tipperary, has, this week, been granted in full.

Readers will remember that Trevester Ltd; a joint venture between the Magnier family and a group of International investors, acquired the valuable property in late 2015; which had closed without warning in 2014.

This development group also acquired the famous Cashel pub ‘Mikey Ryan’s’; which is adjacent to the hotel gardens. Refurbishment work has already started on the pub, which is due to reopen in the 3rd quarter of 2017, and will employ 25 people.

The completion of this project will ensure that the iconic Cashel Palace will once again become the heartbeat of the town as a vibrant, high quality, service provider for both locals and visiting tourists alike.

This welcome development, when fully complete will provide in total 61 bedrooms, together with top grade function facilities, a Spa & Leisure Centre, restaurants and hotel Taverns.

The construction phase will involve 100 people working on the project, which will take 18 to 24 months to fully complete.  On completion, the hotel will employ a further 100 employees; 40 of which will be retained on a full-time basis.

In addition to the expansion of the hotel, the proposal will deliver a 3-acre town park as set out in the Cashel Development Plan and further enable the reinstatement of the famed ‘Bishop’s Walk’, allowing connectivity from the Rock of Cashel to the town centre.


Former Fianna Fáil Senator Des Hanafin Laid To Rest

The funeral Mass of former Fianna Fáil Senator Mr Des Hanafin took place at 12.00 noon today, in the Cathedral of The Assumption, Thurles, Co. Tipperary, with chief celebrant Rev Fr Tomas O’Connell.

The ceremony was attended by a large crowd, which included former Tánaiste and leader of the Progressive Democrats, M/s Mary Harney and her husband Mr Brian Geoghegan; former Independent politician & Senator M/s Avril Power with her Thurles born husband Mr Fionnan Sheahan (Journalist Independent.ie); former North Tipperary retired TD Mr Michael Smith; the currently serving Galway West TD Mr Éamon Ó Cuív; Tipperary Independent TD Mr Michael Lowry; Dublin Bay North TD Mr Sean Haughey; Meath East TD Mr Thomas Byrne; Leader of the Fianna Fáil party, Mr Micheál Martin, and Tipperary TD Mr Jackie Cahill, latter two who both led the Guard of Honour.

While in his 86th year, the much loved Mr Hanafin passed away on Thursday last, survived by his wife Mona; his daughter, the former Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader and Minister Mary Hanafin, and his son, the former Senator John Hanafin.

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Born on September 9th, 1930, in Thurles, Co Tipperary, Mr Hanafin was first elected to North Tipperary County Council in 1955 and subsequently served as Chairperson.

He was first elected to the Seanad in 1965 and retained that seat until 1993, before regaining same in 1997, before finally retiring from politics in 2002.  Mr Hanafin was unsuccessful in two Dáil elections for Tipperary North in 1977 and 1981.

Despite retiring from active politics in 2002, he continued to support efforts to retain the Eighth Amendment and pledged to support that campaign. He also opposed the marriage equality referendum in 2015.

Leading tributes to Mr Hanafin, Leader of Fianna Fáil, Mr Micheál Martin expressed his sadness at Mr Hanafin’s death, describing him as being “a man steeped in politics and community. Seeing both his children achieve high office was a source of great pride to him.”

Mr Hanafin’s remains reposed at Hugh Ryans’ Funeral Home, Slievenamon Rd, Thurles yesterday Saturday, before arriving at the Cathedral of the Assumption, Thurles at 8.30pm yesterday evening.

Mr Hanafin was interred, following his Funeral Mass today, in St Patrick’s Cemetery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

To the family and extended relatives, go our heartfelt sympathy.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Death Announced Of Senator Mr Des Hanafin

Senator Mr Des Hanafin. R.I.P.

It is with sadness we report the news that former Fianna Fáil Senator Mr Des Hanafin has passed away, aged in his 86th year.

Mr Hanafin is survived by his wife Mona, his daughter Mary (a former Fianna Fáil Minister and Deputy Leader, Dún Laoghaire), and his son John (also a former Fianna Fáil senator).

Born in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, in 1930, Mr Hanafin was elected to North Tipperary County Council first in 1955 and subsequently served as its Chairperson. He was first elected to Seanad Éireann in 1965 and held his seat until 1993.  He won back that seat in 1997, before eventually retiring from politics in 2002.

A former hotelier Mr Hanafin was once proprietor of the Anner Hotel, Dublin Rd, Lognafulla, Thurles during the 1960’s.

Funeral arrangements will be published here on Thurles.Info as soon as information is confirmed.

Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam dílis.


Seamus Hanafin Elected Chairperson Templemore / Thurles Municipal District

Cllr. Seamus Hanafin

It will come as most welcome news this morning that Thurles based and Tipperary Co. Councillor Mr Seamus Hanafin, has been elected unopposed as Chairperson of the Templemore / Thurles Municipal District Council .

The post of Deputy Chairman to Mr Hanafin, was accepted by Cllr. Mr Eddie Moran who was proposed by the outgoing Chairman, Cllr. Mr Joe Bourke, and seconded by Cllr. Mr Michael Smith.

Sinn Fein Councillor Mr David Doran who had been proposed for the post by Cllr. Mr. John Hogan and seconded by Cllr. Mr. Joe Bourke, found himself unable to accept the post of ‘Deputy’, on offer.

Accepting the post of Chairperson, Cllr. Hanafin spoke of prioritising the need to use every means at his disposal, in respiring new vivacity into all town centres throughout the Templemore / Thurles Municipal District, thus ensuring that they become more viable and attractive to consumers.